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Things to Say to a Dead Man
Poems at the End of a Marriage and After
Following her book of poems about her husband David's radiation, The Radiation Sonnets, which a starred review in Booklist proclaimed "a small-c classic," comes the book of after?after David's cancer returned three years later, and after he died. The poems are tender, angry, moving, and speak to anyone who has ever cared for and lost a loved one.
In one poem, Yolen?a prize-winning poet, speaks of his "shallow bird breath/beating beneath the cage of his chest bones." In another: "Do not help me to forget./Help me to remember." And in a third:
You have gone before me into winter,
Into spring, into summer, somehow
A consummate time traveler
I can never catch up to,
Always a season ahead.
Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over three hundred books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, novels and story collections for young adults and adults, and two books of adult poetry. Her books and stories have won two Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal.